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November 30th

Palazzo Mezzanotte
Piazza degli Affari, 6 - Milano

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De Sole

Domenico DE SOLE

Chairman, Tom Ford

Domenico De Sole is the Chairman of the TOM FORD Brand.
From 1995 to 2004 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Gucci Group, N.V., and Chairman of the Group’s Management Board. Mr. De Sole joined Gucci in 1984, as Chief Executive Officer of Gucci America. He remained in New York until 1994, when he moved to Italy as the Group’s Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed President & CEO the following year.
Mr. De Sole has played a leading role in reestablishing the exclusivity and profitability of the Gucci brand. He achieved this by focusing on Gucci’s core leather products, investing in advertising and communication, as well as in men’s and women’s fashion ready-to-wear. He strengthened the company’s information and logistics processes, improved efficiency and upgraded and expanded the network of directly operated stores.
At the end of 1995 Mr. De Sole successfully led Gucci Group NV’s listing on the New York and Amsterdam stock exchanges. In 1997 Mr. De Sole lead the purchase of Gucci Timepieces thereby taking direct control of the company’s most important license. In 1999 he successfully fought a hostile takeover bid, enhancing shareholder value. Towards the end of 1999, Gucci completed the acquisition of Yves Saint Laurent, Sanofi Beaute (now YSL Beaute) and Sergio Rossi. In 2000, Gucci acquired Boucheron, Alexander McQueen and Bedat+Co. and in 2001, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCarthy and Balenciaga S.A., owner of the Balenciaga luxury brand. Under Mr. De Sole’s leadership Gucci Group has gone from near bankruptcy in 1994 to being the third largest and one of the most profitable luxury multi brand companies in the world. At the end of April 2004 PPR, the Group’s largest shareholder, completed the purchase of all outstanding common shares as part of a transaction that valued Gucci at more than US $10 billion.
Domenico De Sole was born in Rome in 1944. After receiving his law degree, he moved to the United States in 1970, where he earned a Master Degree from Harvard University and became a partner in the Washington law firm of Patton, Boggs & Blow. In October 2001, The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) honored Mr. De Sole with the “Special Achievement Award in Fashion and Industry”.
Domenico De Sole is also Member of the Board of Directors of Bausch & Lomb; Member of the Board of Directors of Telecom Italia SpA; Member of the Board of Directors of GAP, Inc.; Member of the Board of Directors of Ermenegildo Zegna; Member of the Advisory Board of Harvard Law School.